Sunday, December 03, 2006


Local couple win national award
A new Donegal Town enterprise has been acknowledged a national award after just one year in business. Bumblebees at the Drumrooske Industrial Estate in Donegal Town received the 2006 First Step Microfinance Award in Dublin last night. Stephen and Brigeen Bell run the indoor play centre.

I bumped into Stephen when I was home in September, sounded like things are going well for him. Tis good seeing someone do well at home!

Decentralisation will occur?
The Minister for Agriculture has today said the government remains committed to decentralising 250 jobs in the Dept of Social and Family Affairs to Donegal Town.

Is it me were politicans a bit naive to expect hordes of civil servants to leave the cities they chose to work in to move down the country? Also, I wonder how much more bureaucracy this will add; by splitting up & shaking up Departments will this make Government more or less efficient?

Rural Post Office closings:
Twenty-five rural post offices in Co Donegal have been either downgraded or closed in the last seven years. Among those to have their services cutback were post offices in Bridgetown, Frosses, Letterbarrow and Trentagh.

Donegal postmaster speaks out on crime risk
A Donegal postmaster has today said the threat faced by rural post offices from raiders is a very real one and is a sad fact of life ... On the subject of the downgrading of many rural post offices, Mr Cannon said the costs being incurred by post masters isn't sustainable going forward.

Men to appear in court on sex charges linked to teenager
As many as six men from south Donegal have been served summonses in relation to sex charges with a thirteen year old girl which date back to 2003 ... The charges relate to a 13 year old girl, now aged 16, who is alleged to have kept a diary recording sexual encounters with the men.

Seminars on stonewall building and hedge borders in Donegal
The free conservation of traditional field boundaries workshop will take place in the former Carnowen National School at Carnowen Crossroads near Castlefin.

Donegal Company Scoops National Enterprise Award
For the first time since 1993, a team from Donegal (in the shape of Modern Timber Homes Ltd) left Croke Park with the major award in its hands.

Indeed, the ethos of the company revolves around ecologically friendly and energy efficient houses. And as people become more aware of the environment around them, Shaun McColgan expects new markets and opportunities to come their way. Tipped as being “one to watch” for the future, the company is already making plans, with the use of technology to increase its customer base.

Their website is here: they way they build houses looks like how most houses are built in North America.

Lessons from a "boy racer"
A DONEGAL “boy racer” survived a record 48 hours on life-support without a liver, after suffering near-fatal injuries in a car crash last March.

Jason Gallagher, 21, was given a liver transplant soon after the accident by doctors at St Vincent’s hospital in Dublin, but after the organ went “rotten” it had to be removed without another being available.

Last week it was revealed that the border counties have the most dangerous roads in Ireland, with a 33% higher death rate than the rest of the country. Donegal had the highest number of fatal crashes. The authors of a report on road deaths blamed this on a boy-racer culture.

Gallagher described this phenomenon as “young fellas acting the bollix, just stupidity.”

On another note about traffic woes, Alcohol main cause of Border crashes.

Letterkenny the conference center of the NW?
Letterkenny has seen huge investment in its conference events venues in the last number of years, making it a high profile conference location ... According to Pat the Cope, “Business tourism offers valuable opportunities to complement the growth in short stay breaks in Donegal. Recent research reveals that a business tourist spends on average three times more than the leisure visitors.”

Ireland & UK to have joint sex offenders registry after sex offender "hiding" in Donegal.
The difficulty exacerbated in this country is that while the details on the UK’s most wanted offenders are now posted on a dedicated website, one of them has been identified as living and working in Donegal for the past two years.

More here:

After the various hostages taking & kidnapping of business owners Donegal businesses to be briefed on "tiger kidnappings"
Business owners in Letterkenny will be briefed by gardai on specific measures to employ to deal with so called "tiger kidnappings".

Nice article about visting Donegal
An 87-mile drive along the coast from Ballyshannon up to Malin Head, Ireland's northernmost point, is short on your standard tourist activities. But 2,000-foot-tall sea cliffs and dozens of sweet inns make it worth the trip.

Thanks to p_grapher on flick for a lovely pic:

Glen Head


Mick T. said...

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Mick T. said...

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